Manufacturers and Distributors


Bowditch & Dewey has been representing manufacturers and distributors for almost 100 years.  As the landscape for our clients has changed, we have changed with it.  Our Manufacturers and Distributors client service group is a team of attorneys from across the spectrum of legal disciplines, assembled with a single purpose: to provide our manufacturing and distribution clients with the guidance they need to grow and prosper.  Our focus is on helping our clients solve problems and take advantage of opportunities.  To do that, we take the time to get to know your business and your industry.  That allows us to give you not only the right legal answer to your problem, but the best advice for your business.  Here is just a sampling of the types of problems and opportunities we assist our manufacturing and distribution clients with on a regular basis:   

Corporate Structure

  • Business formations and reorganizations
  • Shareholder agreements
  • Shareholder disputes
  • Joint ventures
  • Corporate governance
  • Formation and management of ESOPs
  • Family business issues


  • Negotiation and closing of bank and other debt financing
  • Raising equity capital
  • Raising capital through public finance vehicles, including Industrial Development Bonds
  • Equipment leasing involving multiple parties and locations
  • Workout arrangements with lenders

Managing Human Assets

  • Affordable Care Act compliance
  • Setting employment policies and compliance
  • Union organizing drives
  • Grievance arbitration
  • NLRB actions regarding elections and unfair labor practices
  • Labor contact negotiations           
  • Employee benefits
  • Executive compensation
  • Immigration services
  • OSHA proceedings
  • Employee disputes and defense of employment discrimination actions

Protecting and Commercializing Intellectual Assets

  • Patenting technology
  • Patent litigation
  • Research & development contracts
  • Licensing & technology transfer
  • Trademark & copyright
  • Marketing agreements

Developing and Managing Real Estate Assets

  • Leasing
  • Permitting and developing new facilities
  • Brownfields development
  • Real estate finance
  • Construction contracts
  • Construction litigation
  • Environmental and land-use litigation
  • Energy efficiency initiatives, including solar installations
  • Energy purchase contracts

Operations and Compliance

  • Product and supply distribution contracts
  • Commercial transactions
  • Toxic torts and other environmental litigation
  • Antitrust issues
  • Creditor bankruptcy issues

Expansion or Disposition

  • Expansion financing
  • Business succession planning
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Sale of business assets or stock
  • Bankruptcy and alternative liquidations

Wealth Management Services for Owners and Senior Managers

  • Estate and gift planning
  • Financial and tax planning
  • Insurance planning
  • Investment management